Touring Around Vancouver and Region

Vancouver is an exciting city that offers lots for visitors to see.  This series of suggestions is organized according to budget and areas of interest. Prices are subject to change and are approximations only.

Price code range:
$ = under $100
$$ = between $100 and $200
$$$ = over $200

VANCOUVER CITY TOURS

Visit the city for a half-day tour. This is a good way to get oriented and get a feel for the city and what it offers.

$
Hop on a bus, according to your schedule.
http://bigbus.ca/home/

$$
Vancouver city half-day guided tour.
http://www.viator.com/tours/Vancouver/Private-Tour-Vancouver-City-Sightseeing/d616-3371VANCITY

$$
Vancouver city tour.
http://www.viator.com/tours/Vancouver/Vancouver-City-Sightseeing-Tour/d616-3914_1

$$
Hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Includes admission to Lookout Observation Deck at Harbour Centre, admission to Vancouver Aquarium, one-way trip to False Creek  Ferries.
http://www.viator.com/tours/Vancouver/Vancouver-Trolley-Hop-on-Hop-off-Tour-Lookout-Observation-Deck-and-Vancouver-Aquarium-Combo/d616-3005TTAQUA

 

SELF-GUIDED TOURS

$
Vancouver offers a number of interesting walks. However, because the city is spread out, we have organized several options to choose from, according to your interests. Each tour would take about 4 hours. A link to the primary location is provided here. Later, we will provide Google Maps links to plot your route.

  1. Vancouver Art Gallery; lunch there, walk to Robson Street, Denman Street, and English Bay.
    http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/
  2. English Bay, take Burrard Bridge ferry to Granville Island; or take ferry for informal harbor tour (Yaletown; Olympic Village; Science Centre; go back and get off at Granville).
    http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/english-bay-beach.aspx
  3. Stanley part bike tour; rent bikes, do seawall; lunch at Tea House; see the aquarium.
    http://www.stanleyparkcycle.com/
  4. Do Nitobe Memorial Garden, lunch at Vancouver Anthropology Museum, end with visit to UBC gardens canopy tour.
    http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/nitobe
  5. Walking tour of Jericho Beach; Spanish Banks, Kerrisdale; Vancouver and Maritime Museums in Vanier Park.
    http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/jericho-beach.aspx
  6. Buses to Whistler.
    http://www.epicrides.ca/epic-rides-schedule/#.VBj_ra1dV7I
    https://www.greyhound.ca/en/SummerSpecials/Whistler/Schedules.aspx
  7. Bus to Capilano Suspension Bridge.
    http://www.translink.ca/en/Schedules-and-Maps/Transit-Service-Changes.aspx
  8. Bus to Grouse Mountain.
    http://www.translink.ca/en/Schedules-and-Maps/Transit-Service-Changes.aspx

 

TOURING REGIONS AROUND VANCOUVER

There is lots to see and worth a special trip, out of city bounds.  These options would require a full day.

$
Vancouver Harbour Cruise.
http://www.viator.com/tours/Vancouver/Vancouver-Harbor-Sunset-Dinner-Cruise/d616-5287DIN

$
Capilano Suspension Bridge with downtown shuttle.
http://www.viator.com/tours/Vancouver/Capilano-Suspension-Bridge-Including-the-Treetops-Adventure-and-Cliffwalk/d616-3584ADM

$$
Day trip of Whistler only. Not including Peak-to-Peak gondola which costs about $50.
http://www.viator.com/tours/Vancouver/Private-Tour-Whistler-Day-Trip-from-Vancouver/d616-3371WHISTLER

$$
Whale watching.  You are not, however, guaranteed to see whales.
http://www.viator.com/tours/Vancouver/Whale-Watching-Tour-from-Vancouver/d616-5322WHALE

$$
Capilano  Suspension Bridge and Cliff Walk, and Grouse Mountain Cable Car.
http://www.viator.com/tours/Vancouver/Private-Tour-Capilano-Suspension-Bridge-and-Grouse-Mountain/d616-3371ALPINE

$$$
Day trip tour of Vancouver and Whistler. Not including Peak-to-Peak gondola which costs about $50.
http://www.viator.com/tours/Vancouver/Vancouver-Super-Saver-        
City-Sightseeing-Tour-plus-Whistler-Day-Trip/d616-5313WHISTPACK

$$$
Rocky Mountaineer day train ride to Whistler. Select the route  “WHISTLER SEA TO SKY CLIMB” .
http://www.rockymountaineer.com/en_CA/travel_planning/schedule

 

ALASKA CRUISES

$$$

It is best to work with a travel agent, and we can help point you to one. Meanwhile, here are some options, either one week or 14 day return leaving Vancouver or Seattle. Do a Google search for: Princess Cruises; Holland America Line; Celebrity Cruises.  In addition to these suggestions, there are other cruise lines to choose.

False Creek, Vancouver (photo credit T. Froese)

False Creek, Vancouver (photo credit T. Froese)